A quick post on making a cushion pad! I have put together a couple of heart cushion patterns. My favourite is this one – heart full of rainbows cushion. But cushion patterns aren’t much use unless you have a cushion to put inside them!
This post describes how you can make a quick cushion pad to fit inside your work. The method I use should give you a perfect fit and it uses up any old scraps of fabric you have. I used an old shirt to make mine!
First lay out the fabric you want to use on a nice flat surface. Make sure there is nothing underneath the fabric that you can damage or cut into!
Take one side of your cushion shape. Ideally you will have already blocked your work. This makes the shape more stable and easier to work with. Place the cushion shape onto the fabric. Try to be economical with the placing of the work – put it up against an edge or corner. You will need to two of these. You can fold the fabric if you are using a large enough piece and cut two at once. If you are using scraps (or a shirt like me) you will need to cut one then move it to a new place on the fabric.
This is going to be hidden inside your cushion so you can draw around the shape without worrying about the lines you make. If you want the cushion to be well filled and firm then the cushion pad needs to be a tiny bit larger than the cover. You will be stitching the cushion pad together which means there also needs to be a seam allowance.
Draw around your shape with a sharpie or other permanent pen. I drew around mine just a little outside the edge of the shape.
Cut out the shape adding the seam allowance so cut 1.5 cm OUTSIDE the line you have drawn. This should give you a shape which is a bit bigger than your cushion cover. Cut a second shape identical to the first.
Making up the cushion pad
Stitch round the shape leaving the seam allowance you added. Remember to leave an opening for the stuffing! Trim the seam allowance back to half a centimeter. Snip into the seam allowance on any curves. This allows the seams of the cushion to sit flat.
Turn the cushion outside in by pulling it through the opening you have left for stuffing.
Next, stuff the cushion!!! I used old stockings 🙂 Stitch up the opening you left to put the stuffing in ….. and you are done!
I wrote this because I had made a couple of heart shaped cushion covers and needed a cushion pad. You could use this method to make any shape of cushion. If you are making a cover in fabric the same method would work for that too. I hope it works for you.